|Grandma's Kitchen: Asian New Year's Recipes|
No New Year is complete without spending time sharing food with family and friends. Here are some special Asian New Year food recipes that you can share with your family and friends as well. Enjoy!
New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year for the Japanese family. Thus a whole range of special dishes, including o-sechi, rice cakes and o-toso (sweet rice wine), have become associated with the festivities. Cooked beans and tangle, grilled salmon and sea braum have become indispensable parts of the New Year's menu.
Since entertaining is part of the New Year tradition, it has become customary for housewives to prepare o-sechi dishes in advance so that they can be eaten over the first few days of the New Year.
Deep-Fried Rice Cake Soup
Japanese Style Roast Beef
Ingredients (serves 4)
Sources: The Five Sacred Festivals of Ancient Japan by U.A. Casal. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle in cooperation with Sophia University, Tokyo, 1967, pp. 13-14, 20, 24-25, 27-29. Japanese Festival and Calendar Lore by William Hugh Erskine. Tokyo: Kyo Bun Kwan, 1933, pp. 23, 26. A Taste of Japan edited by Itsuko Hamada. Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd., 1986, p. 89.
Chinese Rice Cake (Nian Gao)
Most Chinese New Year dishes have names that sound like good or fortunate things, such as, fish (Yu) for abundance and New Year rice cake (Nian Gao) for advancement.
The rising effect of the cake during baking symbolizes advancement (Gao Sheng) so it is no surprise that parents will urge their children to have Nian Gao during the Chinese New Year. Below is the recipe for the Chinese Rice Cake or Nian Gao. Try it and may you have advancement year after year (Nian Nian Gao Sheng)!
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